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Lego Bust in Coconut Creek FL; Running Makeshift Stockroom out of Garage  A Coconut Creek couple was arrested after authorities discovered a garage filled with thousands of dollars' worth of stolen toys that they sold online, a Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. Deputies on Wednesday removed box after box filled with the stolen items from the couple's home in the 6000 block of Northwest 42nd Avenue. BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said, "They actually have a false wall built into their garage, and it's basically like a makeshift stock department." "They have it stocked floor to ceilings with all kinds of different action figures and Lego sets." Deputies arrested Krishna Ramotar, 43, and Sela Mafi, 34. Carter said the couple printed bogus bar codes at home and used them to change the prices of the toys in retail stores throughout Broward County. "They would hit the same stores several times, hit all the stores that they could in that area, buying all these items, buying multiples of the same item (and) turning around and selling those for a great profit," Carter said. For nearly a year, detectives tracked the couple as they listed about $60,000 in stolen toys online. Ramotar and Mafi face charges of dealing in stolen property and grand theft.


Four arrested in crime ring that cost Home Depot $21,000  Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested four people who were involved in an organized crime ring, stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Home Depot. According to multiple arrest reports, 30-year-old Cecil L. Stewart, 30-year-old Carly J. Smith, 30-year-old Eric Grindell and 23-year-old Rebecca Beckett were arrested Tuesday evening near the interchange between I-65 northbound and KY Route 1065. Police say they stopped a red 1997 Ford Explorer driven by Grindell after it failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Police also say they had just seen the vehicle leave a Home Depot store at the corner of Preston Highway and Blue Lick Road. According to arrest reports, Grindell admitted to participating in "an ongoing scheme" in which he would enter Home Depot stores and steal merchandise, then return it for gift cards that are then sold for cash to local pawn shops.

"Stand-In-A-Wall" gang Distract Cashier, Steal Money From Store Cash Registers in Mission Hills, CA  Police are searching for three men they call the "Stand-In-A-Wall" gang, wanted for stealing money from cash registers in businesses. "When you see it on video, it's quite obvious," Los Angeles police Detective Samer Issa said. "Two of the suspects form a wall, like soccer players, to block a clerk's view as their accomplice steals cash." The suspects targeted four Food 4 Less stores on Thursday in the North Hollywood, Devonshire and Norwalk areas, and they may be targeting other chain stores, Issa said. "The till-tapper got several hundred dollars, and all three walked out together."

One arrested in T.J. Maxx and Doctors on Sight theft in Prince Fredrick, MD On Feb. 9 shortly after 9:00 p.m. Dep. J. Buck responded to the T.J. Maxx store in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. A store employee advised that two men grabbed over $1,400 worth of Coach and Michael Kors purses and fled the store without paying. A store loss prevention investigator provided the name of two suspects in similar shopliftings currently being investigated in Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery counties. Store surveillance tapes were reviewed by Dep. Buck who identified one of the suspects as Reginald Ray Williams, 50, of Washington, D.C. On Feb. 11, Cpl. J. Wahlgren responded to Doctors on Sight in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft of numerous eye glass frames valued at over $2,800.

Waunakee, WI men charged with stealing, selling more than $22,000 in phones
Two Waunakee men were charged Wednesday with stealing and selling more than 30 high-end cellphones, worth more than $22,000, from a store where one of them worked. Nicholas L. Albrecht, 24, and Justyn A. Kenyon, 23, each face several felony and misdemeanor theft charges. The money they gained from selling the phones was used to buy heroin, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court. Despite taking phones that retailed for a total of $22,050, most of them Apple iPhone 6 devices, the pair netted $9,621 by pawning them with reseller kiosks at East Towne Mall and West Towne Mall and other local shops.

$4K in bras stolen from Victoria's Secret in the Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, PA  The presence of "suspicious" females and a sounding security alarm at Victoria's Secret on Tuesday apparently wasn't enough to prevent the theft of 94 bras. The manager further reported that there were suspicious females in the store at approximately 5:50 p.m., and the security alarm went off when they exited. However, it was unknown at the time if they had taken anything, police said.

Video shows woman stealing $600 in goods from Kohl's in New Hartford, NY  Surveillance footage released by the New Hartford Police Department shows a woman loaded her cart with merchandise before she walked out without paying, police said.

Nacogdoches, TX, police bust male after $2,000 of fraudulent refunds and $600 shoplifting of clothes from Beall's

Man steals $5K worth of iPads from Guelph, Ontario, Target

Two men grab 26 bottles of cologne $1,916 - from a 'store' in Boca Raton, West Glades Road

Hamden Police: New Haven man facing robbery charge, 6 outstanding warrants

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